Supreme Court criticises Madras HC judge in a rape case

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Supreme Court on Wednesday criticised the Madras High Court’s judge’s decision to advise a rape victim to go for a settlement with her tormentor.

The court described this attitude as “a spectacular error” which is “against the dignity of women.”

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Madras High Court on Thursday last week had granted bail to a rape accused before referring the case for mediation between the minor rape victim and the accused.

Invoking religion, Justice D Devadass said,” even in Islam, Hinduism and Christianity, there are instances of solving the disputes in a non-belligerent manner. The result of it is very good because there is ‘no victor, no vanquished’.”

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The apex court’s comments today were made in the context of another rape case from Madhya Pradesh.

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